I wander through his studio on Murano, a different sort of workshop than the furnaces we are used to on the island. I instantly realize that it is important to him to conceive his workspace in his own image, the result of his many travels around the world and his exchanges with other artists, Lucio Bubacco is one of those people that sparks your interest from the very beginning, he stands out in the context of Murano.
Lampwork is actually only a means for him, and his works have demonstrated the need to transcend every traditional concept this technique embodies on Murano.
I am interested in understanding his professional and artistic past.
Tell me how you got started how you discovered glass.
I was born in 1957, and in the early Seventies I started to visit furnaces which belonged to my father's friends, though I mostly played around. But my basis remains lampwork (I used to heat glass for a craftsman). My father Severino Bubacco, a somewhat famous glassmaster who travelled the world for work, gave me the opportunity when I was a teenager to join him in France and America: that's when I realized what was happening outside our country the ideas and the different approaches to glass. I was able to show my work, but it was mostly commercial stuff. Only Murano could give me the proper technical preparation. Simultaneously I attempted to cultivate my other passion which was drawing.